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  • Turkey: Al Qaeda suspect admits planning attacks on Israeli tourists

    08/11/2005 10:00:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 228+ views
    A Turkish court on Thursday charged a Syrian national suspected of plotting to slam speedboats packed with explosives into cruise ships loaded with Israeli tourists, lawyers and police said. According to The AP, defense lawyer Ilhami Sayan said the suspect, identified in the Turkish media as Lu'ai Sakra, was charged with membership in an "illegal organization." He was arrested earlier this month. Police said Sakra was linked to al-Qaeda. "I have no regrets," Sakra shouted to journalists as he was led into the courthouse. "I was going to attack Israeli ships. If they come, my friends will attack them." "I...
  • McConnell to dare Democrats to filibuster hostage-release condition for Iran deal

    09/16/2015 9:48:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/16/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    After getting 42 votes in support of Barack Obama’s deal with Iran on nuclear weapons, Harry Reid led two successful filibusters of the disapproval bill that would have gone down to a veto anyway. The House easily passed its version of the disapproval bill, with a handful of Democratic votes to provide a wide — but not veto-proof — bipartisan margin. Stymied twice on getting an up-or-down vote for the bill before the 60-day window expires (at least by the White House’s calculation), Mitch McConnell plans to force Democrats into a potentially embarrassing vote on Thursday in an attempt...
  • U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller had her fingernails pulled out before being repeatedly raped by ISIS [tr]

    09/09/2015 7:37:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 9, 2015 | Owen Holdaway and John Hall
    A Yazidi woman kidnapped and detained as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's personal sex slave has told how the ISIS leader repeatedly raped U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller who he had taken as a secret bride. Speaking to MailOnline, blue-eyed Muna, 16, revealed that after his depraved jihadi cohorts ripped out Miss Mueller's finger nails, Baghdadi told her that she would become his wife 'by force'.
  • President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts (Aug 28)

    08/31/2015 6:39:16 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    The White House ^ | August 28 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, DC Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: James OBrien Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Department of State Charles Chip Lyons United States Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Aaron Williams United States Alternate Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Esther Brimmer Member, National Security Education Board Michael Guest Member, National Security Education Board President Obama said, These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look...
  • Demand the Release of Americans Held Hostage in Iran - Ted Cruz on the Kelly File

    07/16/2015 6:58:22 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 16, 2015 | Ted Cruz
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  • Gunman Holds 10 People Hostage in Paris Store

    07/13/2015 1:41:20 AM PDT · by Dagnabitt · 29 replies
    IB Times ^ | 7/13/2015 | Elsa Buchanan
    French police report gunmen have taken ten hostages in a shopping centre on the outskirts of Paris. Authorities said the gunmen barricaded themselves in the Primark shop in Villeneuve-la-Garenne just north of central Paris. Special Forces have been dispatched to the scene. According to early reports two or three armed men entered the Primark in an attempted robbery.
  • Four Americans taken hostage in Yemen

    05/30/2015 7:29:05 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    JPOST.COM ^ | 5/31/15 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Houthi rebels have taken at least four Americans hostage in Yemen, The Washington Post reported Saturday. According to the report, three of the hostages were working in the private sector. The fourth is a dual citizen of Yemen and the US, whose job is unknown. An unnamed US official in the report said that a number of rescues operation have been attempted and failed.
  • House Democrat Calls For Creation Of 'Hostage Czar' After Drone Strike

    05/01/2015 3:04:53 PM PDT · by GraceG · 3 replies
    Huffington Puffington post ^ | 5/01/2015 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) said Sunday that the administration should name a "hostage czar" amid revelations that a U.S. drone strike killed two innocent hostages in Pakistan. What we're calling for is the creation of effectively a hostage czar, which deals with a slightly different issue, which deals with finding these hostages, Delaney said on ABC's "This Week." President Barack Obama on Thursday took full responsibility for the deaths of Warren Weinstein, an American hostage, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national hostage. In my experience with Warren's case, we do not do as good of a job,...
  • White House Mulls Shift in Hostage Ransom Policy

    04/27/2015 7:48:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    CBN ^ | 27 Apr 15
    The families of American hostages held by foreign kidnappers could soon be allowed to pay ransoms or raise money to free their loved ones without fear of federal prosecution. That's according to a recommendation by a White House-ordered advisory group. "There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, for trying to free their loved ones," said one of three senior officials familiar with the hostage policy team's ongoing review. The advisory group interviewed many who have experienced this first hand, including the...
  • Made 'people's lives better': US hostage Warren Weinstein gave life helping the Pakistani people

    04/23/2015 5:01:08 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 23, 2015 | N/A (Associated Press contributed)
    ***Snip*** "Nine years ago I came to Pakistan to help my government, and I did so at a time when most Americans would not come here, and now when I need my government it seems that I have been totally abandoned and forgotten," Weinstein said during the 13-minute video. "And so I again appeal to you to instruct your appropriate officials to negotiate my release." The White House responded to the demands then by saying that it wouldn't negotiate with Al Qaeda. My life is in your hands, Mr. President, he said in the message which appeared to be directed...
  • U.S. Hostage Pleads to Obama to Save His Life in al Qaeda Video [Terrorists Stronger]

    05/07/2012 6:20:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    American hostage Warren Weinstein says in a video released late Sunday by al Qaeda that he will be killed unless U.S. President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Mr. Weinstein said in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die."
  • hostage rescue attept ceremony Saturday at noon, Arlington

    04/23/2015 5:49:30 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 18 replies
    Hostage Rescue Attempt ^ | 04/23/15 | RaceBannon
    For those in the DC area, there is the annual ceremony for the rescue attempt fallen this Saturday at noon time in Arlington National Cemetery head to the tomb of the unknown soldier, it is right in front of the rotunda
  • Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site

    03/18/2015 8:34:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 3-18-2015 | UKG
    At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the Bardo national museum one of the countrys leading tourist attractions in the capital, Tunis sparking a three-hour hostage siege. Tunisias prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon that 17 of the dead were foreigners from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland calling the attack a cowardly assault targeting the economy. Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am GMT), an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, as well as one security officer, and that all...
  • Judicial Watch Sues for Hillary and Humas Egypt Emails

    03/04/2015 5:32:38 PM PST · by bryan999 · 48 replies
    (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department seeking any and all communications including emails from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chief of Staff Huma Abedin with Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00321)). This latest lawsuit will require the State Department to answer questions about and conduct thorough searches of Hillary Clintons newly discovered hidden email accounts. Judicial Watch also has nearly...
  • Assyrian Christians Hostages Were Told to Convert to Islam

    03/09/2015 6:15:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Two of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the mediaTwo of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the media about their ordeal. Some 200 Christians were taken by the Islamist group on February 23 after they stormed a number of villages in the north-east of the country. One of the hostages, going by the name Peter, told the Times: They entered our village at five in the morning, while everyone was sleeping. Some of them were Syrians, some were Chinese, some Russian people who didnt speak Arabic. They took 17 men,...
  • Egypt: Retired U.S. Army officer found dead in jail cell (James Henry)

    10/13/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    ap ^ | October 13, 2013
    A U.S. citizen detained in Egypt for violating curfew in August was found dead Sunday in his jail cell, the second foreigner to die in detention in recent weeks. ... Security officials identified the man as James Henry, 66, a retired U.S. Army officer who arrived in Cairo from the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain on Aug. 25. Henry was detained by army troops in the turbulent region of northern Sinai three days later while making his way to the border crossing with Gaza in the town of Rafah

    02/28/2015 4:44:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 63 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 2/28/15 | soopermexican
    As if foreign policy couldnt get any worse. The President Piece of Crap Maduro announced that they have captured an American pilot that was trying to topple his regime. Watch below:
  • Suspect Describes Ordeal of Slain Reporter

    01/22/2003 10:54:23 PM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 446+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/22/03 | DAVID ROHDE
    ARACHI, Pakistan The nursery where they killed him, one year on, is oddly peaceful. Lush mango, palm and pomegranate trees are in bloom, their thick, green leaves whispering in a gentle breeze.The cinder-block storehouse where he was executed is empty, save for some flower pots, a cot and crumpled packs of cigarettes strewn across the floor. The 10-foot by 15-foot main room still has a metal door and metal shutters that can be padlocked. Sounds of life reach the room: birds chirping and cars driving past to a nearby religious school run by Al Rashid Trust, an organization...
  • BREAKING: Libyan Terrorists Take Dozens of Egyptians Hostage as Revenge for Airstrikes

    02/17/2015 10:20:58 AM PST · by Red Badger · 77 replies ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9:06 AM | Jim Hoft
    Thirty-five Egyptian workers were rounded up by terrorists after the Egyptian airstrikes. The Libya Herald reported: There are reports that at least 35 Egyptians have been kidnapped in what appears to be a round-up at various locations in areas controlled by Ansar Al-Sharia and IS. The Libya Herald has been told that starting this morning, in the wake of the attack on Derna by warplanes from Egypt, Egyptian nationals, many of them it seems farm workers, have been picked up by gunmen. The first reports were that seven men had been seized, but by mid-afternoon, it was being said that...
  • American ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller Is Dead, Family Says

    02/10/2015 7:04:40 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 122 replies ^ | 02/10/2015 | NBC Staff
    American ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller has been confirmed dead, the 26-year-old's family confirmed in a statement. ""We are heartbroken to share that we've received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life," Mueller's parents said in a statement. "Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace." The statement did not elaborate on how it had learned of Mueller's death or the circumstances of her death.
  • American woman hostage held by ISIS 'killed by Jordanian air strike'

    02/06/2015 9:33:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 6, 2015 | John Hall
    Islamic State militants have released a statement claiming that a female American aid worker has been killed during a Jordanian air strike, it has been reported. The 26-year-old woman is understood to be the last US hostage held by the terror group, which had been demanding $6.6 million for her release. Her death is not yet been verified by independent sources and it is unclear when she might have been killed by missiles from a Jordanian war plane or whether she was executed by militants, the Site Intelligence Group reported.
  • ISIS releases new video appearing to show Jihadi John beheading second Japanese hostage

    01/31/2015 1:04:23 PM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2015 | Chris Pleasance
    Terror group Islamic State has released a new video which seems to show Japanese hostage Kenji Goto being beheaded by the militant fighter known as Jihadi John. The 1 minute and 7 second clip shows Mr Goto kneeling in a rocky gorge while the masked murderer delivers a scripted message to the camera. The killer then lowers his knife and the footage goes black, as is common in ISIS propaganda films. When the footage begins again Mr Goto's body is shown lying on the desert floor.
  • Jordanian government threatens to kill all Islamic State captives if their pilot is executed

    01/31/2015 10:07:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/31/2015 | Rick Moran
    The deadline has passed for a presumed hostage deal between Islamic State and Jordan that would have seen the release of an Iraqi woman terrorist by the Jordanians in exchange for a royal air force pilot and a Japanese civilian held by Islamic state. Jordan says that negotiations are continuing but are demanding proof of life before they release the terrorist. In fact, Islamic State has refused to say if they would release the pilot even if the terrorist were set free. Now the Jordanians are saying that if their pilot is executed, they will speed up the judicial process...
  • Who saw it coming: Jordans negotiations with ISIS over hostages collapse

    01/29/2015 12:41:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    When the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria set terms for the release of a Jordanian fighter pilot captured when his plane was disabled over Syria, it was only marginally shocking that Jordan signaled it was willing to negotiate with ISIS fighters. That decision had some shock value not only because it is generally rare to see Western coalition partners negotiate with groups they admit to be terrorist organizations, but because the prisoner ISIS demanded in exchange was involved in one of the worst terrorist attacks in that country’s history. No sooner had bilateral negotiations between the Hashemite Kingdom...
  • Hey GREAT JOB accidentally revealing confidential info of ISIS hostage this morning, White House!

    01/25/2015 4:28:13 PM PST · by blueyon · 24 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 1/25/15 | soopermexican????
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough accidentally revealed the first name of a previously unidentified hostage being held by ISIS. Watch
  • Experts say ISIS ransom clip faked as deadline for Japanese hostages passes

    01/23/2015 9:12:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/23/2015
    The deadline imposed by ISIS for Japan to pay $200 million to free two captives passed, starting what the terrorist group called a countdown clock on Friday, even as questions swirled about the authenticity of the initial tape and whether the pair is even alive. A tweet from a Twitter account linked to ISIS said the hostages had been killed "because of Japan's choices." The tweet, on the same one that previously posted the countdown clock, warned that a new video was "being sent to production." Intelligence sources told Fox News the claim the hostages had been killed could not...
  • Sheriff's Office: Man holds hostages at Texas hospital

    01/10/2015 6:54:39 PM PST · by BlueNgold · 36 replies
    abc news online ^ | 1.10.2014 | abc
    Link only. Note sure of A BC rules.
  • Another gunman takes 'at least' five hostage in 'kosher' grocery in Paris - and police fear...

    01/09/2015 6:28:32 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 38 replies ^ | 1/9/15 | Corey Charlton & Peter Allen
    Two people have been killed in a Kosher store in eastern Paris where a heavily armed Islamic terrorist is currently holding hostages, police believe. Sources in the Paris force said the suspected murderer was Amedy Coulibay, 32, who is wearing body armour and brandishing two Kalashnikov automatic weapons. He is said to be working with a woman called Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, who is also said to be armed and dangerous. Shots rang out close to the Porte de Vincennes while the two brothers believed to be behind the murderous attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine were themselves hold up...
  • Authorities: Man shot, killed by Missoula police officer was strangling girlfriend

    01/01/2015 4:14:07 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Independent Record ^ | Jan 1, 2015 | KATHRYN HAAKE
    Authorities: Man shot, killed by Missoula police officer was strangling girlfriend 22 hours ago KATHRYN HAAKE Missoulian MISSOULA -- The Missoula man who was killed by a city police officer Wednesday morning was allegedly strangling his girlfriend in the car before the officer fired the lethal shot. Authorities haven't released the names of the officer or the deceased man. Police initially responded to a 9-1-1 domestic disturbance call at a Missoula home involving two women and the 20-year-old man. The time was 2:04 a.m. The man fled the scene, taking his girlfriend hostage, Missoula County sheriff's spokeswoman Paige Pavalone...
  • Netanyahu on Australia cafe siege: International Islamic terror does not know borders

    12/15/2014 11:29:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Herb Keinon
    Rome - Emerging from a a three-hour meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s first comments related to the siege on the cafe in Sydney Australia that ended shortly before. Netanyahu sent his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the Australian people. He said that International Islamic terror does not know borders, and the struggle against it needs to be global. (Snip) Netanyahu then discussed the focus of his meeting with Kerry saying that Israel will do everything possible to make sure that the UN Security Council does not impose
  • 2001 Interview with the perpetrator of Sydney Siege

    12/15/2014 1:17:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    People in Sydney walking past the State Parliament buildings on Macquarie Street in recent weeks might have noticed a tall Muslim cleric who has taken up residence in a tent on the footpath outside. He is Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi, a liberal cleric who fled Iran four years ago after being very critical of the Iranian regime. Ayatollah Boroujerdi's wife and two daughters are now under house arrest in Iran, and he's hoping the Howard government will put pressure on the regime there to let his family join him here in Australia. David Rutledge spoke to him this week. David Rutledge:...
  • Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It's bigoted and Islamophobic. (click bait)

    12/15/2014 12:47:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Vox ^ | December 15, 2014 | Max Fisher
    There's a certain ritual that each and every one of the world's billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator. It's a ritual that is continuing now with the Sydney hostage crisis, in which a deranged self-styled sheikh named Man Haron Monis took several people hostage in a downtown caf. Here is what Muslims and Muslim organizations are expected to say: "As a Muslim, I condemn this attack and terrorism in any form." This expectation we place on Muslims, to be absolutely clear, is Islamophobic...
  • THREE DEAD IN BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two hostages dead and Muslim gunman killed...

    12/15/2014 12:31:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 71 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th December 2014 | Emily Crane and Daniel Piotrowski
    An Iranian-born gunman was killed, two of his hostages are dead and four injured after a dramatic and chaotic firefight brought an end to a terrorist siege at a Sydney cafe. Teams of heavily armed police swooped on the Lindt Chocolat cafe in a hail of gunfire, ending a tense stand-off where Man Haron Monis had been holding around 17 people captive. Police issued a statement describing the event as a confrontation with a 50-year man, who they said died after shots were fired. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said. A man, aged 34,...
  • #I'llridewithyou: Celebrities & Twitter users take to social media to support Muslim community

    12/15/2014 8:23:58 AM PST · by dead · 36 replies
    Twelve hours after the Lindt Cafe hostage crisis in Sydney began to unfold, Australians have flooded social media with sentiments of solidarity and support of Muslims in the community. Twitter user Sir Tessa began what has become a worldwide phenomenon, offering to sit next to members of the Islamic faith on transport if they were frightened to be seen in public wearing religious clothing. The 'I'll ride with you' hashtag has garnered over 112,000 mentions across social media, with people all over the world jumping on board the movement in an effort to turn the terrifying events of Monday into...
  • MSNBC Host: Too Early To Tell If Man Asking For ISIS Flag Was Motivated By Islam [VIDEO]

    12/15/2014 10:26:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 62 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    Despite the Sydney, Australia hostage-taker displaying a flag reading in Arabic, There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God, despite his being a self-proclaimed sheikh and despite his demand that police give him an ISIS flag, MSNBC The Rundown host Jos Diaz-Balart wondered if Iranian-born Man Haron Monis is motivated by Islam at all.
  • Known Wolf Syndrome: Sydney Hostage-Taker Is Yet Another Case of Political Correctness

    12/15/2014 9:19:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/15/2014 | Patrick Poole
    With the hostage situation resolved — hopefully with no innocent lives lost (reports just coming in) — and the release of the name of the hostage taker, Iranian-born Islamic cleric Man Monis aka Shiekh Haron, this seems to be yet another case of what I termed here at PJ Media several weeks ago as “Known Wolf Syndrome.”In that article, following two separate terror attacks in Canada in which the suspects were already well-known to authorities, I noted that in the U.S. too, in many of the domestic terrorism cases the culprits have already been identified to law enforcement as...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Dramatic end to Sydney siege as police storm cafe with guns and stun grenades

    12/15/2014 7:44:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 214 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    <p>Police stormed a cafe in central Sydney early Tuesday where a gunman held more than a dozen hostages for more than 16 hours, firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades moments after captives were seen fleeing the buidling in terror. A scene of pandemonium erupted in the early morning just minutes after hostages started emerging from the cafe on their own or in small groups. Eleven hostages The dramatic end stage of the siege came as the gunman holding the remaining captives was revealed as a self-proclaimed Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis. Monis is a 49-year-old man living in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik, and also sent hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers between 2007 and 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph. The seige in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday, The Age reported. Monis received 300 community service hours and a two-year good behaviour bond for the correspondence, which he claims were his version of sympathy cards, sent with the help from his girlfriend Amirah Droudis. Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013. The man's current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak.</p>
  • BREAKING: Belgium Siege; Four Gunmen Take Hostages In Ghent, Belgium

    12/15/2014 3:10:36 AM PST · by absentee · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/15/2014 | Caleb Howe
    The BBC and other outlets report this morning that as many as four gunmen have entered a residential apartment building in Ghent, Belgium and have taken hostages. ABC/Reuters reports: Four gunmen in Belgium have taken several people hostage after they entered a flat in the north-western city of Ghent, according to unconfirmed reports. Heavily-armed police have surrounded the area and authorities have urged residents to stay indoors. The state prosecution service said there were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism. It is not known if the event is related to the Sydney Siege. Reports continue to break on...
  • Terrorist Leader Gets "Hacked" ... Literally! Swiss Hostage Escapes from Abu Sayyaf Captors

    12/06/2014 10:31:30 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer | Sunday, December 7th, 2014 | Philippine Daily Inquirer
    Swiss escapes from Abu Sayyaf captors Hostage hacks bandit as military pounds lair of terror group in Sulu MANILA, Philippines A Swiss hostage escaped on Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists after hacking a militant commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in Sulu province, according to military officials. Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 49, made his daring escape after government forces fired artillery rounds in the jungle camp where he was being held near the mountainous Patikul town in Sulu. He hacked an Abu Sayyaf commander and ran away but was...
  • Al Qaeda Yemen Branch Threatens To Kill An American After Special Forces Raid To Save Him Failed

    12/04/2014 5:55:43 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 12-4-2014 | William Maclean
    William Maclean, Reuters December 4, 2014 Al Qaeda's Yemen branch published a video purporting to show an American hostage and threatened to kill him if unspecified demands were not met. In the video, the man identified himself as Luke Somers and said he had been kidnapped well over a year ago. He was looking for "any help that can get me out of this situation". Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was posted on YouTube and social media late on Wednesday and carried by SITE, an organization that monitors militant statements. The man in the...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Obama orders review of US hostage policy

    11/18/2014 5:34:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama has ordered a review of how the U.S. handles the taking of hostages by overseas terrorist groups, according to letter by Christine Wormuth, the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy. "As a result of the increased frequency of hostage-taking of Americans overseas, and the recognition of the dynamic threat posed by specific terrorist groups, the President recently directed a comprehensive review of the U.S. government policy on overseas terrorist-related hostage cases, with specific emphasis on examining family engagement, intelligence collection, and diplomatic engagement policies," Wormuth wrote on Nov. 11 in a letter to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). Hunter...

    04/18/2009 7:07:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 42 replies · 1,013+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 17, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    IRAN is facing an "international conspiracy" to over throw the Khomeinist re gime with a "velvet revolution," the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) claimed yesterday. The latest mascot of the plotters is supposed to be Roxana Saberi, a former Miss North Dakota now charged with espionage in Tehran. A US citizen with an Iranian father and a Japanese mother, the 31-year-old Roxana has worked in Iran on and off for years as a freelance reporter. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for Saberi's immediate release and safe return to the US. IRNA claims that the plot was first...
  • Save Roxana Saberi

    03/22/2009 7:04:14 PM PDT · by Legal Insurrection · 8 replies · 658+ views
    And So It Goes In Shreveport ^ | 3-22-2009 | Shreveport Blog
    Roxana Saberi, an American citizen and a native of Fargo, N.D., has been held in a Tehran prison since the end of January. The Iranian government says she was doing reporting work after her credentials expired and they picked her up two months ago after she bought a bottle of wine. While alcohol is illegal, her action was not uncommon and her parents feel as if this was simply an excuse to arrest her.
  • Non-Muslim Female Fighter Kills Herself to Avoid being Islamic State Hostage

    10/05/2014 9:51:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | October 5, 2014
    Ceylan Ozalp, 19, was reportedly surrounded by ISIS fighters near the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane also known as Ain al-Arab. After she run out of ammunition Ozalp said goodbye over the radio and spent her last bullet on killing herself. She knew. She knew what these devout Muslims do to non-Muslim girls. This woman is a heroine. True courage. Another freedom loving people Obama abandoned in support of the jihad movement. ... Those whom their right hands own (Quran 4:3, 4:24, 33:50) are slaves, and inextricable from the concept of Islamic slavery as a whole is the concept of...
  • Pro-ISIS Fighters Threaten to Behead French Hostage Herv Gourdel in Next 24 Hours (Video)

    09/22/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/22/14 | Jim Hoft
    Pro-ISIS fighters in Algeria released a video today of a hostage who was kidnapped this weekend. The hostage delivered a message to President Francois Hollande: I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group. This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Francois Hollande) to not intervene in Iraq. They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you Mr President to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you. The pro-ISIS group gave France twenty-four hours to stop the aggression against ISIL or they will behead their...
  • IS Militants Release 49 Turkish Hostages

    09/20/2014 5:58:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 09/20/2014 | Dorian Jones
    ISTANBUL Dozens of Turkish hostages being held by the radical Islamic State group have been released. The hostages arrived in Turkey in the early hours of Saturday, local time, after being held for 101 days. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in a written statement that 49 Turkish hostages held by Islamic State had been released through the efforts of Turkeys intelligence agency. The Turkish Foreign Ministry says all the hostages are in good condition. The hostages are Turkish diplomats and their families, including women and young children, who were taken in June when Islamic State militants overran Mosul, Iraqs...
  • Kerry 'taken aback' by James Foley's mother's reaction to handling of case

    09/12/2014 9:51:23 PM PDT · by plain talk · 82 replies
    The U.S. government Friday defended its handling of James Foley's case after the slain journalist's mother told CNN that officials suggested the family could be charged if they tried to raise money to free him. Saying everything possible had been done to bring the journalist home, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters officials worked very closely with Foley's family and with his employer, GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni. "Any advice that this department or other departments give to the families about what they should do in these situations is based solely on what is best for returning their loved one...
  • Qatar: Missing British Researchers Feared Tortured After World Cup Labour Conditions Investigation

    09/04/2014 1:55:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 4, 2014 19:16 BST | By Jack Moore
    Fears have been raised that two British men missing in Qatar may be tortured by authorities in the Gulf State following their investigation into the working conditions of migrants in construction for the 2022 World Cup. Krishna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, both workers for Norwegian organisation Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), disappeared in the Qatari capital of Doha after complaints they had been followed by police. Ghimire's wife, Bandana, has spoken of her fears that her husband may be tortured at the hands of Qatari authorities. "We are aware of reports that two British nationals have been detained...
  • US releases dangerous Iranian proxy behind the murder of US troops

    12/31/2009 7:43:06 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 34 replies · 2,966+ views
    Live War Journal ^ | December 31, 2009 | By Bill Roggio
    The US has released the leader of an Iranian-backed Shia terror group behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007.Qais Qazali, the leader of the Asaib al Haq or the League of the Righteous, was set free by the US military and transferred to Iraqi custody in exchange for the release of British hostage Peter Moore, US military officers and intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. The US military directly implicated Qais in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007. We let a very dangerous man go,...